Live Score of Jack in the Black Box Theater's 2005 production of The Tibetan Book of the Dead (or How Not to Do It Again), a stage version of the classic tibetan buddhist text, by Jean-Claude van Itallie. This is an adaptation and rearrangement of the original Steve Gorn score.
May 26, 2006
Death is not dull
At least that's the impression one gets from listening to this excellent music. As one's energies are withdrawn from the external world, it is recorded that one hears strange sounds, and experiences other things that are recorded in the Buddhist scriptures. Even though you are clinically dead, you are undergoing a sequence of experiences. The purpose of the Tibetan Book or rather books of the dead is to acquaint ourselves with these sounds, visions, and states of mind while we are alive so we aren't frightened by them and can even attain liberation.
I've no idea if the Tibetan Books of the Dead or this music reproduces the experience of course, but it's great mood music, dynamic and alive. It definitely conveys a sense of a journey.
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